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“...un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo” (“...a heartwrenching homage to the romantics of classic flamenco”), Alberto Garcia Reyes, ABC, writing about La Chimi's performance at Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, 2011.
A dancer of emotion, inspiration and precision, Lakshmi Basile, “La Chimi,“ captivates her audience with a unique yet familiar flamenco art. Her remarkable ascent is no surprise, considering her childhood and family history. Both of her parents are performing artists. She grew up immersed in ethnic music and dance and it was natural for her to discover a career in flamenco.
She has performed at the Concurso Internacional de Cante de Puertollano 2008, alongside legends such as Carmen Linares and José de la Tomasa, at the flamenco theater El Palacio Andaluz in Sevilla, where she is one of the featured artists,and with the seville-based group Sentir Flamenco. She participated as a soloist in the series Peñas de Guardía and recently presented her first show in Spain, Zarabanda.
With a background in flamenco, classical, and contemporary dance she moved to Spain in 2002 from San Diego, CA. In Spain she studied with various masters such as Los Farrucos, Angelita Vargas and Andres Marin. Early performance venues included La Carbonería, Los Gallos, La Feria de Abril and in the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, 2004 and 2008. With her own company in the U.S., Luna Flamenca Dance Company she self-produced shows such as Flamenco en la cocina, in 2006, and Trois, in 2007.
Her striking image has been featured outside the flamenco world, as evidenced by her participation with José Tarriño, the flamenco fashion designer for his 2007 collection, her inclusion in an exposition by the photographer Ruvén Afanador, and a performance in a top-of-the-charts Arabic music video with the Lebanese director Rindala Kodeih.
See La Chimi perform at Alegrias on Dec 1. For info:
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